Little Miss Burden

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  3w

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They are the coolest, fiercest, most super talented girl band ever assembled: Big Sis and Little Sis are waiting for the third member of their trio to arrive. Little Miss is on her way. It just takes her a little bit longer.

At thirteen, Little Miss is given a gift which cannot be returned. She has to share her body and life with it. And she needs to find a way for the two of them to get along as they can’t both be Player One. Little Miss Burden explores rewriting your narrative and embracing your identity on your own terms.

Matilda Ibini’s coming-of-age tale smashes together 90s nostalgia, Nigerian family, East London and Sailor Moon to tell the sometimes tricky, often funny truth about growing up with a physical impairment.
Little Miss Burden was first performed at the Bunker Theatre, on 4th December 2019.
Cast Attributes
BIG SIS – female, black, eldest sibling
LITTLE MISS (L.M) – female, black, physical impairment or wheelchair user, middle sibling
LIL’ SIS – female, black, youngest sibling
  • Time Period 1990s
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


"Matilda Ibini’s writing skilfully combines wit with emotional depth and honesty." - Exeunt Magazine 

"Ibini questions and resists such a redemptive narrative arc of ‘recovery’, although there is plenty of hope and irreverence." - Exeunt Magazine

"Matilda Ibini’s Little Miss Burden is a gem of a play." - The Stage

"This is a story of learning to live with a chronic condition... but one completely free of the saccharine narrative slush that is too often characteristic of stories about living with disability." - The Stage

"The play successfully demystifies stereotypes but thanks to Ibini's own personal experiences and her distinctive writing style, does so in a very humorous and character-driven way." - Broadway World

"We care about this character and her journey and that is of course down to the writing..." - Broadway World

"This is a pitch perfect, joyful production of an exquisite and sensitive piece of new writing from Ibini." - My Theatre Mates


Breaking Character

Little Miss Burden:
Q&A with Matilda Ibini


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Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini

Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter (and occasional dramaturg) from London. She was awarded a scholarship from BAFTA and Warner Brothers to study a Masters in Playwriting &Screenwriting. She was part of the Royal Court Writers Program and was a ...
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